How I set up postgraduate school at NDA, by INEC boss, Yakubu
Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has explained how he beat others to get the nod to set up the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Postgraduate School, for N10million only.
Speaking at the school’s permanent site in Kaduna, after the academy named its multipurpose auditorium after him for his meritorious services to the nation, Yakubu who was a lecturer in the academy, where he rose to become its provost, explained how he proposed N10m as against the N160m proposed by others, for the establishment of the postgraduate school.
According to the INEC boss, “I was the acting provost of NDA during the time of General Alex Akale. Then, the Minister/Chairman of NDA Governing Board came over on a visit. And during our meeting he asked, ‘why is it that NDA, unlike other universities doesn’t give honorary doctorate degrees?’
“General Akale looked at me and said, Professor Yakubu, any reply? I said sir, in NDA, we don’t give what we don’t have. We don’t have a postgraduate school, so we cannot give honorary doctorate degrees.
“Few weeks later, the minister asked me to come and look at proposals for the NDA postgraduate school. I got there and saw a proposal of N160m. The minster said it was beautiful, but there was no money. So, I quickly told him that with a maximum of N10m, we can start a postgraduate school.
“So, other professors who submitted proposals were looking at me saying look at this NDA made professor, proposing N10m for a postgraduate school. The commandant too did not believe me. But I told him that a postgraduate school does not have to be very big, as once you admit students, they will go to their various departments. That was how we started the postgraduate school during the 40th anniversary of the academy in 2004. Today, the NDA postgraduate school is one of the best in the country,” he said.
Responding on behalf of other honourees, Yakubu commended the academy for the gesture, urging serving staff of the academy to be committed in their various assignments.